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A Growing Need for CompTIA Cloud Essentials Certification

Posted: May 28, 2014
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Author: Nicole Winn

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Businesses are pursuing a cloud strategy for many reasons, such as cost savings, agility or enabling new business opportunities, and decision makers from various areas are likely to inquire about CompTIA’s cloud solutions.

Technical terms like virtualization, hosted application, middleware and service migration are often associated with cloud computing. Business phrases such as increased profitability, flexibility and cost efficiency are equally associated with the cloud.  Realizing the true meaning and benefit of any one of these is dependent on having trained and knowledgeable IT professionals.

While many IT professionals working for solution providers and end-users know a lot of about virtualization, data center architecture and management and so on, few have put together all the pieces for the cloud.

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One of our very own CompTIA instructors had this to say after having personally taken the CompTIA’s Cloud Essentials exam and how he plans to prepare students for the upcoming CompTIA Cloud Essentials classes:

“The CompTIA Cloud Essentials is a 50-question exam designed to be taken in 60 minutes. There is minimal technical content, as this exam focused mainly on the evolving business aspects of cloud computing. In fact, the exam covers such a variety of content outside of the textbook, I plan to include supplemental materials in the class to help students prepare for the exam and gain a strong foundation of knowledge.”

For nearly a year and a half, CompTIA has harbored the idea of creating a cloud certification. It’s been working with members of its Cloud Computing Community, as well as leading cloud vendors, including Cisco, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Rackspace to identify the critical technical and business elements. The actual certification was developed collaboratively with ITpreneurs, a leading provider of competence development solutions for IT best practices.


CompTIA, which was built on the industry adoption of A+ and Security+ certifications, is aiming to give IT pros a way to demonstrate their skills in the next-generation marketplace. It may also pave the way for the next-generation solution provider professional services offerings.

The underlying technology of the cloud is pretty well known and covered through a variety of CompTIA and other organization’s certifications. However, what’s often missing from these curricula are the business and operational aspects of running a cloud. As cloud adoption increases, solution providers will need to know the business impact, process modifications and true potential outcomes of cloud implementations.

According to our instructor, “The Cloud Essentials class would be ideal for non-technical professionals who need to know cloud computing technologies beyond the buzzwords, as well as techies who need the basic cloud business concepts before attempting advanced cloud certifications from Microsoft or VMware.”

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At New Horizons, we’re talking training everyday—and not just with a variety of clients, but with leading vendors—about industry trends and real-life challenges. And because of our close partnership with CompTIA, New Horizons is positioned to help businesses like yours leverage our knowledge experts to discuss strategies, implementation and troubleshooting.

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